If you are like most of us, you have been delighting in the
warmer than normal temperatures we have experienced this winter.
While we have been spending more time outdoors and less on heating
bills, there is an unwanted side effect to this unseasonable
weather - more bugs!
With no hard freezes or extended cold snaps, the local pest
population has not experienced the natural reduction that usually
occurs in the winter. Additionally, many are now coming out of
hibernation early to seek food and begin their reproduction
process. All leading to an overall increase in the number of pests
we expect to see this spring and summer.
Experts are predicting a banner year for the most notorious
summer pest, the mosquito as well as fleas and ticks. The wet
winter combined with warmer temperatures create the perfect
breeding ground. Experts are also expecting an increase in the size
and number of termite and ant colonies and even wasps and hornets
as many more "future queens" will have survived the winter.
So what can you do to protect your family and home from the
coming invasion? We have put together the following tips to help
you combat pests this spring and summer:
• Eliminate all sources of moisture and standing water around
• Seal all cracks, holes and other small openings around the
foundation, including areas where utilities and pipes enter the
• Keep indoor and outdoor trash receptacles clean and
• Screen all windows and doors.
• Keep tree branches and shrubs trimmed back and away from the
• Keep mulch at least 15 inches away from the home's
Most importantly, with larger populations all seeking food
sources - many inside the home - a minor problem and can become a
major infestation very quickly. If you suspect you have a problem
with any of these pests, contact a licensed professional
We hope you find these tips useful and that you enjoy a
pest-free spring and summer with your family.